About eleven persons have been smashed by police anti-kidnapping unit in Akwa Ibom State and Rivers State respectively, for offences bordering on child trafficking.
The Commissioner of Police, CP, Mr. Murtala Mani, made the disclosure over the weekend while speaking with newsmen.
Mani who spoke through the Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, Cordelia Nwawe, said a woman identified as Comfort Edem, was apprehended on October 13, following intelligence report that she had been running an illegal maternity home for the purpose of trading in children.
According to him, the suspects sold each of the trafficked children at the rate of N450,000.
His words: “The suspects went after pregnant teenagers and negotiated the prices of the unborn children with them and once the babies were born, they would be given to the traffickers.
“Information at our disposal led to the interception of a syndicate which traffic babies in Akwa Ibom. On October 13, the anti-kidnapping unit intercepted a woman who owns an illegal maternity home.
“She specialises in making sure that she takes in pregnant teenagers. Once the babies are born, those babies are sold and trafficked out of Akwa Ibom. As a matter of fact, the girls had reliably informed us that this is not the first time they had sold their babies for N450,000 each.”
Mani also disclosed that another syndicate, who sold children for N500,000 each, was also smashed.
The police spokesperson also stated that the force has rescued a two-month old girl who had been sold to a woman in Rivers State.
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